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  • Qualification

    LLM - Master of Laws

  • Location

    Cardiff University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21, 26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

A comprehensive programme that will develop your understanding of core elements of adult and child social care law, policy and practice in England and Wales.

Our LLM Social Care Law programme focuses on social care law, policy and practice in England and Wales in the international context of human rights. Despite the fundamental importance of the law in these fields, master’s programmes have often neglected its study. Our programme is unique in providing opportunities to learn from legal specialists in human rights, disability and capacity issues, children’s rights and the respective duties and responsibilities of families and the State.

Social care law affects virtually every person in the UK at some time in their lives. The size of the social care industry and workforce is larger than that of the NHS, and touches upon some of the most important and fundamental aspects of life for hundreds of thousands of citizens. The system’s demands remain an enormous challenge for policy makers.

Social care law as it relates to children and adults has seen increasing litigation in recent decades and is a burgeoning field of scholarship. It is also relevant to professional development, enabling practitioners to engage with and apply the legal principles in their casework. Although legislation was comprehensively reformed in 2014, this has not resolved the outstanding ideological and economic tensions.

This programme explores the international principles underlying the law, such as independent living, dignity and autonomy rights; the history of the post-war consensus, neo-liberalism and the rollback of the welfare state; the tensions between concepts of family privacy and state intervention; and the meaning of informed consent to treatment. We offer a range of modules, for example: Social Care Rights; International Disability Human Rights Law; The Child and the State - Law and Policy; and Consent to Medical Treatment.

Our students have included academics, lawyers, social workers, workers with voluntary organisations, carers, and civil servants.

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University information

Cardiff University

  • University League Table

    25th

  • Campus address

    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University has a welcoming and vibrant international community, with over 8,600 students coming from more than 130 countries.
Cardiff is a truly global institution, with more than 200 partnerships and formal research links worldwide giving its students access to unique opportunities.
In addition to a wide range of support services, your studies will be guided by a personal tutor able to give you both academic and professional advice.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    25th out of 104 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 231
    148 66%

    28th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82.0 82%

    16th

    31
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.70 74%

    92nd

    34

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